New Yorkers Medina Parrilla, Darrian Robinson and Rochelle Ballantyne are breaking new ground as they plow throw competition at the U.S. scholastic level. All three are Class “A” players and Parrilla (USCF high – 1992), Robinson (USCF high – 1996) and Ballantyne (USCF high – 1911) are poised to become Experts in the coming months.
This coveted 2000 barrier has been reached by only two females of African descent in the U.S., Colette McGruder and Baraka Shabazz. Shabazz was a 15-year old when she won national acclaim from her successes in open tournaments. Shabazz, raised in Alaska, blazed the trail for the likes of 80s sensation Bernadette Reddick out of Chicago, Texas champion Stephanie Ballom and now the New York trio.
All are young and will certainly set new heights for chess in the community. The next major scholastic event is next week at the Susan Polgar National Open for Girls and Boys on February 13-15. All the best!